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Intravenous Pyelograms IVP Test

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What is an intravenous pyelogram (IVP), and how does it work?

Intravenous pyelograms (IVP) are a type of x-ray that shows images of the urinary system. The following are the components of the urinary tract:

  • Kidneys are two organs below the rib cage. They filter blood and remove wastes.

  • The bladder is a hollow organ located in the pelvis that stores your urine.

  • Letter are thin tubes that transport urine from your kidneys into your bladder.

An IVP can also take images of the prostate in men. The prostate is located below the bladder of a man. This gland is part of the male reproductive system.

An IVP is when a healthcare provider injects one of your veins using a substance called contrast color. The dye is absorbed into your bloodstream. The contrast dye makes the x-rays of your bladder, kidneys, and ureters appear bright white. This allows your provider clear and detailed images of the organs. This can show any problems with the function or structure of the urinary tract.

Other names: Excretory Urography

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